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It has been announced that award-winning actress Lily Tomlin will be honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award at the upcoming annual awards ceremony.

She is the first openly gay actress to receive the accolade.

Previous honorees include Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore.

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris said, “Lily Tomlin is an extraordinary actress, as equally adept at narrative drama as in comedy roles. But it is through her many original characters that Lily’s creative genius fully shines. She has an ability to create diverse and distinct characters that are at once familiar, eccentric, and oh so honest — in a way that illuminates life’s hidden corners.”

“From Edith Ann to Frankie, her characters are wholly unique, and by exposing every nuance of human behaviour they widen our scope of understanding. On behalf of nearly 160,000 SAG-AFTRA members, we are honored to bestow our SAG Life Achievement Award on the truly amazing Lily Tomlin,” she added.

During a career that has spanned six decades, Tomlin has been recognized for her work on stage and screen, including six Emmys, a pair of Peabody Awards, a Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, two Tony Awards and a Grammy Award in 1972 for best comedy album. She is nominated for another Emmy this year for her leading role in “Grace and Frankie.”

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on 29 January 2017.

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